Governments across the globe implemented lockdown mandates and other restrictions when the novel coronavirus broke out in 2020. The travel industry, in particular, saw a drastic change as individuals going to and coming from international destinations are required to undergo quarantine protocols. Travellers also need to provide a negative RT-PCR test or a rapid antigen test to prove they are not at risk of transmitting the disease.
In an effort to control the pandemic and reduce health risks, countries immediately began rolling out COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they were available. Past the second half of 2021, many countries started easing quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated individuals.
For instance, the UK government no longer imposes self-quarantine to travellers who have completed their COVID-19 jabs. Nevertheless, fully vaccinated individuals entering the UK from amber and green list destinations are still mandated to provide a fit to fly COVID test. They must take a coronavirus test 72 hours before departure and another test on the second day following their return. However, they no longer need to take a COVID-19 test on the eighth day.
Conversely, UK citizens going abroad must verify with their airlines if the destination country requires an RT-PCR test or accepts a rapid antigen test for travel.
To learn more about the new quarantine rules for individuals with completed COVID-19 vaccine doses entering the UK, see this infographic provided by Harley Medic International.